November 20, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Caution Advised Downtown During Turkey Trot

As Springfield prepares for the largest Thanksgiving Day run/walk in the state of Missouri, participants and motorists are advised to proceed with caution through the downtown area from 8 – 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. Also, a number of incentives are available for early registration and race day winners.

The 2009 course route can be found directly at This year’s route will include National Avenue, Grand Street, portions of Missouri State University’s campus, Cherry Street and Kimbrough Avenue. The event begins at 8 a.m. from the Springfield Expo Center on East St. Louis Street and ends on East Trafficway.

“More than 5,000 run/walkers are expected to take part again in this year’s event,” said Springfield-Greene County Park Board Director Jodie Adams. “The modified downtown course route will allow our participants more area to spread out and should make for a safer and quicker travel through the Center City area.” The 5K course is a USA Track and Field (USATF)-certified course, which has had its distance certified for accuracy.

Parking near the Expo Center for participants and spectators is available at a number of surface lots, the Jordan Valley Car Park and other downtown lots near the Springfield Public Square. For a downtown parking map guide, visit

Awards are expected to begin inside the Expo Center at approximately 9 a.m. Participants who stay for the ceremony will have the opportunity to win the following prizes:

Early-Bird registration runs through the end of today, Friday, Nov. 20 for $20. After that, participants can register through the morning of the race for $25. Day-of race registration is from 6:15 – 7:15 a.m. Register at in advance.

Packet Pick-up/Day-Prior Registration runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway. All participants who pick up their packet or register at the Ice Park can enter a drawing to win a $200 gift certificate to the Starting Block sporting goods store. Whitaker Publishing is also providing 100 six-month subscriptions to 417 Magazine in randomly selected bags at the Ice Park.

The 15th annual Turkey Trot event benefits the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Scholarship Fund.

For more information, media contact: Bob Nelson, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-2176.